Top Five Notes, NHL Playoffs – August 14, 2020

by | Aug 14, 2020 | New York Islanders, NHL, NHL Hockey | 0 comments

While MLB struggles to maintain consistent scheduling for all teams due to COVID, the NHL Playoffs (except Tampa Bay-Columbus causing the delay of Boston-Carolina due to 5 OT) continually provide results.

Friday’s schedule sees the remainder of Opening Round matchups complete Game 2 of their series. Here are the five interesting notes around the league.

Dillon Dube (CGY) – Flames rookie center has four goals in his first six postseason games. He’s also scored the first goal in three straight postseason games. (I’m waiting on hockey-reference to fix their site so I can provide more insight on this.) Dube scored just seven goals in his 45 regular-season games, and entered Game 1 against Dallas with one goal in his last 17 games overall.

Miro Heiskanen scored two goals in the Stars 5-4 Game 2 win against Calgary.

Miro Heiskanen (DAL) – Stars second-year defenseman scored two goals in Dallas’s 5-4 victory against Calgary last night, giving him seven points this postseason. He tied Quinn Hughes of Vancouver for most points by a defenseman (7). 

Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) – Hurricanes forward scored his fourth goal in five postseason games, tying Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) & Bo Horvat (VAN) for highest goals per game this postseason (players still playing).

Youth is served: Svechnikov represents the youth movement in the 2020 postseason, as five of the seven leading goal scorers are 24 or younger.

Goals Per Game Leaders
2020 Postseason
TeamAgeGoals ScoredGoals PG
Anthony BeauvillierNYI2340.8
Andrei SvechnikovCAR2040.8
Bo HorvatVAN2540.8
Dillon DubeCGY2240.66
Domink KubalikCHI2440.66
Jonathan ToewsCHI3240.66
Pierre-Luc DuboisCLB2440.57
>>teams still participating

Anthony Beauvillier leads the Islanders improved scoring this postseason.

New York Islanders – Entering Game 2 of their series against Washington, the Islanders lead the Eastern Conference averaging 3.4 goals per game. New York ranked 12th in the East during the regular season, with a goal per game average of 2.78.

New York Islanders, Eastern Conference Rankings
Postseason, Regular Season
PostseasonRegular Season
Goals PG3.4 (T-1)2.78 (12)
Goals PG All.1.8 (2)2.79 (5)
Goal Diff.*+9 (2)*-1 (10)
Pct of Players in Top 40 Scoring Leaders3 pct13 pct
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